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Dear Disability:IN Community:

As 2021 draws to a close, the time is right to reflect on all that we have accomplished together even as we continue to navigate through a global pandemic and an ever-changing workforce. Above it all, it has brought to light the importance of connecting with, supporting, and building up others for the collective advancement of society.

Our ability to build an inclusive global economy where people with disabilities participate fully and meaningfully is not possible without you and the thousands of other leaders who have joined IN.

Indeed, there is much for which we can collectively be proud. (Note: Follows is a brief list with links to jump straight to that topic on this web page.)

Together, we are elevating that disability inclusion has been ‘the missing piece’ and the ultimate lever for innovation and sustainability. We’re grateful to be on this mission with you and we look forward to working together in 2022 to expand our impact.
Very warmly,
Jill & the Disability:IN team
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Our Core Values


Everyone is welcome here because disability runs across every dimension of diversity. We reflect the community we serve, celebrating our differences and what makes us unique. We are our authentic selves.


We perform our work with the highest level of integrity, emphasizing transparency, quality, and accountability in all that we do.

Impact & Quality

Disability:IN is a catalyst for businesses globally to take positive action that expands disability inclusion and equity. We strive to write a success story worth telling and to envision an accessible world where people with disabilities can achieve their full potential.

Our Collective Impact

Building Inclusive Companies & Driving Hires

The Disability:IN Inclusion Works program provides customized disability inclusion consulting to 92 major corporations and connects them to their peers participating in the Community of Corporations.

48% Growth in Corporate Participation

Growth in Corporate Participation

100% Retention


Inclusion Works Total New Hires of Individuals with Disabilities as of September 2021. Chart going from 339 in 2015 to 173,500 in 2021.

Inclusion Works companies increased their new hires of individuals with disabilities by 51,180% from 339 in 2015 to 173,500 in September 2021.

In 2021, the Inclusion Works Program grew from 62 to 92 participating brands.

More about Inclusion Works

Intersectionality: Empowering over 1,000 NextGen Leaders

65% People of Color

People of Color

45% Women


22% LGBTQ+


NextGen Leaders

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“Disability:IN changed everything for me. They equipped me with necessary skills, taught me how to advocate for myself, and opened countless doors. Disability:IN helped me find my voice in a world that often silenced me.”

–Julia H., Communications Intern, Voya Financial

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“Being a part of the NextGen Program has opened many doors for me. It gave me the opportunity to explore different fields and to be able to network with others in many different areas. I value everything that the NextGen Program stands for.”

–Candace R., Fidelity Investments

2021 NextGen Leader of the Year

“My mentor has opened my eyes to possibilities telling me to pursue the career that I desire. He has began to connect me with industry experts and gives me great insight on how to prepare for the future.”

–Ike Tallerine NextGen ’18, Senior Financial Analyst at Accenture


More about NextGen Leader Initiatives

The DOBE Network Grew by 30%

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Disability:IN certified suppliers’ employ people with disabilities 6-7 times the rate of their non-DOBE peers.

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51% Growth in Corporate Partner Engagement

Growth in Partner Engagement

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Among participating companies, Self-Identification rates grew from 3.5% to 5.5%

2021 DEI Report (PDF)

DEI Participant Growth from 2020 to 2021

Comparison chart between DEI numbers from 2020 to 2021. Fortune 100 went from 59 to 67, Fortune 500 went from 143 to 164, Fortune 1000 went from 154 to 180, and AM Law went from 5 to 7. Total number of high-scoring companies went from 247 to 272.
Global Disability Equality Index logo

The Global DEI came into fruition because many of our current partners expressed a desire to benchmark inclusion efforts around the world, both within their own brand as well as other industries.

GDEI Stats: 30 Companies Registered and 40 Countries Reached

In The News

Disability:IN Named in Fast Company’s First Annual List of “Brands That Matter”

Fast Company We Made The List! Brands That Matter 2021

Recognition advances Disability:IN as a game-changing global brand for people with disabilities in the workplace. Learn more.

Business Insider names Jill Houghton as one of 100 People Transforming Business

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Insider’s most prestigious list profiles 100 business leaders across 10 distinct sectors who are innovating, sparking trends, and tackling global challenges. Learn more.

Forbes: Disabled Entrepreneurs Speak Out On Being Your Own Boss

Jackson Dalton, a white veteran man with a white button down, of Black Box Safety, and Corey Axelrod, a white Deaf man with short brown hair smiles, of 2Axend.

Disability:IN’s DOBEs, Black Box Safety and 2axend, speak about their journeys to entrepreneurship.
Learn more.

Global Accessibility Awareness DaFast Company: y Fast Company: Disability is the Missing Piece in the
DEI Puzzle

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Disability:IN is helping companies hire more people with disabilities while expanding the global conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more.

CNBC Make It: People with Disabilities Still Face Barriers Finding Work

Alyse Brewer, an Asian woman with long dark hair, a turquoise and black patterned dress, and a left arm crutch.

Despite the pandemic taking a disproportionate toll on their job prospects and well-being, people with disabilities continue to be left out of many of these critical conversations. Learn more.

Disability:IN’s New Brand Video Highlights Disability Inclusion

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Disability:IN’s new brand video “The Missing Piece” and its Spanish and French translated versions, were illustrated, animated and produced by Dusty Studio, a certified disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE).
Watch the videos.

Recapping the 2021 Conference: #DisabilityAdvantage

The 2021 Inclusion Awards Winners

Access the 2021 Conference Hub

Local Affiliates

The Disability:IN local affiliates across the nation are the heartbeat of the organization, driving the mission of disability inclusion forward by working with partners on the ground. Check out the Affiliate Event Calendar for local events happening in your area.

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CEOs Advocate for Inclusion and the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

96 CEOs are IN!

The Disability:IN CEO to CEO letter asks Fortune 1000 CEO’s to commit to advancing disability equality and inclusion. These 96 announced signatories have committed to advance disability inclusion, to encourage other CEOs to join IN, and to leverage the DEI.

Thank you to all the signatories for your partnership and for joining IN!

  1. Darius Adamczyk, Chairman & CEO, Honeywell
  2. Joe Adams, Managing Partner & CEO, RSM US LLP (“RSM”)
  3. Aron Ain, Chairman & CEO, UKG
  4. José (Joe) E. Almeida, Chairman, President & CEO, Baxter International Inc.
  5. Carl S. Armato, President & CEO, Novant Health
  6. Stéphane Bancel, CEO, Moderna
  7. Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy
  8. Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
  9. Andy Bird, CEO, Pearson
  10. Frank Bisignano, President & CEO, Fiserv, Inc.
  11. Robert M. Blue, Chair, President & CEO, Dominion Energy, Inc.
  12. Jean-Michel Boers, President & CEO, and US Country Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
  13. Greg Braca, President & CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
  14. Roz Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  15. Bruce Broussard, President & CEO, Humana Inc.
  16. Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions Inc
  17. Jeffrey J. Brown, CEO, Ally Financial Inc.
  18. James Butcher, President & CEO, Chemonics International
  19. Giovanni Caforio, Chairman & CEO, Bristol Myers Squibb
  20. Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
  21. Marc Casper, Chairman, President & CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  22. Andy Cecere, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Bancorp
  23. David Cordani, President & CEO, Cigna Corporation
  24. Brian Cornell, Board Chairman & CEO, Target Corp.
  25. Roger Crandall, Chairman, President & CEO, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  26. Sven Dethlefs, MD, Executive Vice President of North America Commercial, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  27. Steve Demetriou, Chair & CEO, Jacobs
  28. Brian Doubles, President & CEO, Synchrony
  29. Marvin R. Ellison, President & CEO, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  30. Pat Esser, President & CEO, Cox Communications, Inc.
  31. Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., President & CEO, Mayo Clinic
  32. Bradley H. Feldmann, Chairman, President & CEO, Cubic Corporation
  33. Andreas Fibig, Chairman & CEO, IFF
  34. James M. Foote, President & CEO, CSX Corporation
  35. Beth Ford, President & CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  36. Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons, CEO, BNY Mellon
  37. Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel
  38. Paul Gentzkow, President & CEO, Talent Solutions, Robert Half
  39. Kelly Grier, US Chair & Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  40. Bill Hagaman, CPA, CGMA, Managing Partner and CEO, Withum
  41. Gregory J. Hayes, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Technologies
  42. Roger Hochschild, President & CEO, Discover Financial Services
  43. Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
  44. Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight, Inc.
  45. Kevin Johnson, President & CEO, Starbucks Corporation
  46. Gary C. Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Southwest Airlines Co.
  47. Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines
  48. Paul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG

49. Mike Lamach, Chairman & CEO, Trane Technologies
50. Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, President, Bayer US
51. Charles F. Lowrey, Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
52. Walter Lynch, President & CEO, American Water Works, Inc.
53. Dave MacLennan, Chairman & CEO, Cargill, Incorporated
54. Mike Mahoney, Chairman & CEO, Boston Scientific
55. Paul Markovich, President & CEO, Blue Shield of California
56. Geoff Martha, CEO, Medtronic
57. Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
58. Pamela Maynard, CEO, Avanade
59. Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Inc.
60. Sanjay Mehrotra, President & CEO, Micron Technology, Inc.
61. Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
62. Mark Mondello, CEO, Jabil Inc.
63. Curt Morgan, CEO, Vistra Corp.
64. Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Bank of America
65. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
66. Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President & CEO for Centene, Centene Corporation
67. Antonio Neri, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
68. Kurt Newman, MD, President & CEO, Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
69. Ronald P. O’Hanley, Chairman & CEO, State Street Corporation
70. Doug Parker, CEO, American Airlines Group
71. Mark Pearson, CEO, Equitable Holdings
72. Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global
73. Brad Preber, CEO, Grant Thornton LLP
74. Tom Polen, Chairman, CEO & President, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
75. Dave Ricks, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
76. Jim Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Old National Bank
77. Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment
78. Tim Ryan, US Chair & Senior Partner, PwC
79. Tom Salvaggio, President & CEO, CAI
80. Kåre Schultz, President & CEO, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
81. Mike Sievert, President & CEO, T-Mobile
82. Vince Sorgi, President & CEO, PPL Corporation
83. Evan Spiegel, CEO, Snap Inc.
84. Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
85. Mike Swinford, CEO, NuMotion
86. Joe Tarantino, President & CEO, Protiviti
87. Laurent Therivel, CEO, UScellular
88. Carol B. Tomé, CEO, United Parcel Service
89. Robert N. Trunzo, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group
90. Sherri Turpin, CEO, ZVRS and Purple Communications
91. Joe Ucuzoglu, CEO, Deloitte US
92. Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon
93. Michel Vounatsos, CEO, Biogen
94. Keith Waddell, CEO, Robert Half International, Robert Half
95. Kathy Warden, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
96. Anne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe

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Over 400 Brands are IN!

Thank You to Our 2021 Presenting Partners

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Welcome New 2021 Partners

Announcing Our 2022 Presenting Partners

Thank You to Our Committees

Engaging in a committee is one way to get more involved with Disability:IN. Committees provide leadership and professional development opportunities as well as best practice sharing. Thank you to each and every member for your dedication!

ESG Investing and Commitments to Inclusion

30 Investors are IN!

Investors representing more than $2.8 trillion in combined assets, led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, are calling on companies they invest in to create inclusive workplaces that can benefit from employing the millions of talented people with disabilities who remain underrepresented in the workforce. View the joint statement.

Thank you to all the signatories for your partnership and for joining IN!

  1. Bank of America
  2. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
  3. Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Voya Financial, Inc.
  4. Dieter Waizenegger, Executive Director, CtW Investment Group
  5. Christopher J. Ailman, FSA, Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
  6. Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
  7. Scott M. StringerNew York City Comptroller
  8. Tobias ReadOregon State Treasurer
  9. Shawn T. Wooden, Connecticut State Treasurer
  10. Michael W. FrerichsIllinois State Treasurer
  11. Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer
  12. Joseph M. Torsella, Pennsylvania State Treasurer
  13. Thomas “Thom” Williams, Executive Director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii
  14. Richard Trumka, President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  15. Xander den Uyl, Vicechair, Pension Fund PWRI, The Netherland
  16. William H. Apfel, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Boston Trust Walden
  17. Seth MagazinerRhode Island State Treasurer
  18. Sheila Morgan-Johnson, Executive Director, District of Columbia Retirement Board
  19. Clifton S. Robbins, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Harbour Group, L.P.
  20. Beth PearceVermont State Treasurer
  21. Brian Bodager, Chief Executive Officer, The Pension Boards-UCC, Inc.
  22. Matthew W. Patsky, Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Asset Management LLC
  23. Boston Common Asset Management
  24. Carole Liable, Chief Executive Officer, Domini Impact Investments LLC
  25. Avera Health
  26. Matt Nacard, Chief Executive Officer, Ethical Partners Fund Management
  27. Julie Hammerman, Executive Director, JLens
  28. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  29. Sister Jean Steffes CSA, General Superior, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  30. Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen SD
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